Library Subscription: Guest
Begell Digital Portal Begell Digital Library eBooks Journals References & Proceedings Research Collections
International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
IF: 1.423 5-Year IF: 1.525 SJR: 0.431 SNIP: 0.661 CiteScore™: 1.38

ISSN Print: 1521-9437
ISSN Online: 1940-4344

International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms

DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushr.v6.i2.90
8 pages

Production of Tuber-Like Sclerotia of Medicinal Value by Pleurotus tuberregium (Fr.) Singer (Agaricomycetideae)

Alice W. Chen
Specialty Mushrooms, 1730 Penfield Rd., No.41, Penfield, NY 14526, USA
Nai-Lai Huang
The Sanming Mycological Institute, Sanming, Fujian, China


Pleurotus tuberregium (Fr.) Singer, the only true sclerotia-producing species in the genus Pleurotus, is a tropical and subtropical species that shows a preference for high temperature in cultivation. Although both mushrooms and sclerotia are produced, sclerotia are the main cause of interest in food and in medicinal preparations. This article describes the distribution and habitats of P. tuberregium for collecting and cultivation. Attention is directed to characteristics of the economic importance of sclerotia and to cultivation for sclerotia production. Synthetic log cultivation is highlighted, although natural log cultivation is feasible. Being a lignin-degrading white-rot fungus, P. tuberregium is most adaptable to a wide range of substrates, including lignin-containing broad-leaf sawdust and straw. However, not all substrates or every strain produce sclerotia. Of significance in sclerotia production are strain selection, substrate selection, substrate formulation, and management of growth parameters, particularly the requirement of high temperature. Observation on how the fungus grows provides a guide to new growers. Discussions on how to shorten sclerotia production time and how to improve yield are especially interesting.

Articles with similar content:

Comparative Analysis of Cytokinins in Mycelial Biomass of Medicinal Mushrooms
International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Vol.20, 2018, issue 9
Oksana B. Mykchaylova, Marharyta L. Lomberg, Galeb A. Al-Maali, Nadiya Y. Mytropolska, Nina P. Vedenicheva, Mykola M. Shcherbatiuk, Iryna V. Kosakivska, Nina A. Bisko
Prospective of the Cultivation of New Culinary-Medicinal Mushrooms in Israel on Agro-Industrial Waste
International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Vol.7, 2005, issue 3
Eden Akavia
Sulphur Tuft Culinary-Medicinal Mushroom, Laetiporus sulphureus (Bull.: Fr.) Murrill (Aphyllophoromycetideae): Bioactive Compounds and Pharmaceutical Effects (Review)
International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Vol.11, 2009, issue 2
Natasa Radic, Rade Injac
Diversity of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms Used in the Noun Division of the West Region of Cameroon
International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Vol.18, 2016, issue 5
Eske De Crop, Tonjock Rosemary Kinge, Abdoulayi Mbouombouo Mbenmoun, André Ledoux Njouonkou, Annemieke Verbeken, Elvire Hortense Biyé
Evaluation of Higher Basidiomycetes Mushroom Lectin Activity in Submerged and Solid-State Fermentation of Agro-Industrial Residues
International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Vol.10, 2008, issue 2
Elene Davitashvili, Ekaterine Kapanadze, Eva Kachlishvili, Tamar Khardziani, Vladimir I. Elisashvili